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Oct 26, 2011 07:40 AM

Best coq au vin in Manhattan

I would prefer something cozy and romantic. Price not terribly important, i already have a reservation at DB Moderne, but would prefer something more charming.

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  1. L'Absinthe has a Coq Au Vin, probably a bit more romantic than DBBM. Also Le Veau d'Or, as classic old-school French a place as you'll find, if that's the kind "romantic" you're looking for.

    If you're willing to drop the "au vin" part, the chicken-for-two at Marc Forgione is a thing of beauty, and what's more romantic than sharing a chicken? The ambience cozy / dark but neighborhoody. Depends on your definition of "romantic" if it fits the bill, I guess.

    DB Bistro Moderne
    55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

    Le Veau d'Or
    129 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

    Marc Forgione
    134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

    7 Replies
    1. re: sgordon

      Have you been to Le Veau d'Or recently? I've heard it's a shabby shadow of its former self.

      1. re: City Kid

        No. I just know it still exists.

        Most haute French places are shabby shadows of their former selves, though... that's part of their charm, sometimes.

        1. re: sgordon

          No, Le Veau d'Or is not charmingly shabby. I respect the owner for soldiering on - he's in his late eighties - but the food is not good, and you can't rely on the kitchen actually having everything that's on the menu.

          Le Veau d'Or
          129 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022

        2. re: City Kid

          A case where I am happy to eat my words...went for to Le Veau d'Or for lunch and enjoyed it immensely. Like being transported to a bistro in Paris...charmant!

          1. re: City Kid

            Well, le Veau d'Or is slightly shabby but it has atmosphere and charm and its total lack of pretention makes for a very relaxing experience. I recommend it!

            1. re: bronwen

              Yes, no introduction from our non-actor waiter!

              1. re: City Kid

                Sounding more and more like a slice of heaven in the cave.

      2. La Mangeoire is just what you are looking for.

        La Mangeoire
        1008 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10022

        2 Replies
        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Not cozy nor romantic ... unless you're 60+, imho.

          1. re: mahler5

            I thought of Le Gigot, but i checked their menu - no coq au vin

            Le Gigot
            18 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014

            1. re: JC2

              Often available as a special and it's good. Nice atmosphere too.

              1. re: Wilfrid

                Based on this, i called them. They are so nice. They are serving it tonight, but offered to save an order for me for Saturday night. Thank you.

          2. Tout Va Bien, Chez Napoleon, Pergola, Des Artistes.

            Tout Va Bien
            311 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

            Chez Napoleon
            365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

            Pergola Des Artistes
            252 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

            1. La Ripaille?

              La Ripaille
              605 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014